From a practical theological perspective, this article disputes the trend
in present ecclesiastical thought, abstracting a model depicting the practical
functioning of the church, which is based on a single biblical metaphor.
The body-of-Christ metaphor is commonly used as a church model. The eagerness to implement this construct is inspired by a paradigm
shift and the incorporation of the communicative actions theory
at the level of meta-theory. The hypothesis of this research is that, once
the matrix of this meta-theory has been clearly identified, it must be applied
to the aspects of church life. All the biblical metaphors shedding
light on the functioning of the church need re-interpretation within the
framework of a postmodern society and symmetrical communicative patterns.
This way of constructing an ecclesiastical perspective, would lead
to a more balanced church praxis.
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